Awards & Grants

Each year, NYFA provides over $3 million in cash grants to individuals pursuing artistic excellence in all forms.

RECURRING GRANTS

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship

NYFA provides unrestricted grants of $7,000 to New York-based artists through the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program. First launched in 1985, the program has provided over $30 million to artists in 15 disciplines at critical stages in their creative development. The application opens in the Fall. 

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are administered with leadership support from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul  and the New York State Legislature. 

Here are some fellows you’ll recognize.

Applications for the 2022-23 award cycle will open in Fall 2022. We will be accepting applications in the disciplines of Craft/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Nonfiction Literature, Poetry, and Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts.


NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre

In partnership with the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants of up to $50,000 to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women. The application opens in the Summer.


The JGS Fellowship for Photography

The JGS Fellowship for Photography is a $7,000 cash grant open to New York State photography artists living and working outside of New York City. The support for this funding is provided by The Joy of Giving Something (JGS). The JGS Fellowship for Photography will be integrated into the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Photography category in the 2022 and 2025 cycles. The next independent cycle will launch in 2023.


Recharge New Surrealist Prize

Recharge New Surrealist Prize is a $7,000 award for painters living in the United States or U.S. Territories who are working in the New Surrealist style. The award program, formerly known as the Recharge Foundation Fellowship for New Surrealist Art, is funded by the Gu Family of the Recharge Foundation.Students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs are welcome to apply. The application opens in the Fall.


Canadian Women Artists’ Award

The Canadian Women Artists’ Award is a $5,000 cash grant open to Canadian women artists ages 25-40 who are current residents of New York State. To apply, applicants must be a Canadian citizen, and able to provide proof of citizenship with legal documentation upon receipt of the award. Students in degree-seeking  programs are welcome to apply. It is supported by funding granted to NYFA by the Canadian Women’s Club (CWC) of New York as a way to continue its philanthropic work when it disbanded. The 2022 application cycle will be open from May 24-August 30.

ONE-TIME GRANTS

Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grants

Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grants provide up to $20,000 to support environmental art projects led by women-identifying artists in the United States and U.S. Territories. The application cycle is open from April 12-June 14.


NYSCA/NYFA Artists with Disabilities Grant

The NYSCA/NYFA Artists with Disabilities Grant will distribute cash grants of $1,000 to artists with a disability who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis to cover art related expenses. The grant will be open to visual, media, music, performing, literary, and multidisciplinary artists who live in New York State outside of the five boroughs of NYC. The application cycle is open from May 17-June 28.

EMERGENCY GRANTS

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants

The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical, dental and mental health emergencies. The grants are available to artists working in visual arts, film/video/digital/electronic arts, and choreography in financial need who are currently residing in the United States, District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and Tribal Nations. This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Cycle 13 is now open, with a deadline of Tuesday, June 7, 11:59 PM EST, for emergencies occurring October 1, 2021 and after.


Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants

The Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers in need who have a dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants are available to dancers in financial need who are currently residing in the United States, District of Columbia, U.S. Territories and Tribal Nations. This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation.

Cycle 3 is open until the deadline of Friday, May 20, 11:59 PM EDT. Funds may be requested for emergency expenses for up to a three-month period between January 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022.

INVITE-ONLY GRANTS

Murray Reich Distinguished Artist Award

With the support of an anonymous donor, the annual Murray Reich Distinguished Artist Award enables artists with a long history of creative practice to pursue deeper investigations or new explorations that can inform and enrich their work. It was developed in memory of the artist Murray Reich, a New York-based painter who also had a highly-regarded career as a professor of art at Bard College.

Applications are by invitation only.


Tomorrowland Projects Foundation Award

The Tomorrowland Projects Foundation supports artistic, multi-disciplinary team collaborations and artist-driven projects that expand awareness of issues affecting society-at-large, and considers award-planning funds to develop new technology, research, and installation art.

Applications are by invitation only.

Image: Kuldeep Singh (Fellow in Interdisciplinary Work ’18); ARCHITECTONICS OF DISPERSION \ immersive acts and objects; 2017; installation-based collaborative performance; paintings and sculptures in mud, dough, and fabric with performative acts; Photo Credit: Zhiyuan Yang